Stories in Viva that you’ll love, handpicked by our team.
Loving, Sensual, and Free: Viva and Feminist Magazines Through the Years
Viva's launch in 1973 added a new perspective to the conversation between women's magazines, which at the time consisted of the Ms. Magazine camp, offering feminist news and writing, fashion magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, or traditional but still popular publications such as Good Housekeeping. Viva joined elements of these magazines with erotic content, refusing to shy away from sex and controversy. Associate Publisher and Editor Kathy Keeton explained "Viva's Woman" in her First Word section for the August 1974 issue, explaining who the modern reader of Viva was. The inclusion of antiquated delineations between the "feminist" and the "traditional housewife," as well as a decidedly heteronormative stance, shows how Viva very much represented social currents of its time. This offers the perfect jumping off point to learn about other feminist movements through magazines thanks to ChatGPT, and to begin to theorize about what the future of the feminist magazine would look like.
As you know, people come and go through our lives staying and departing at various lengths of time. While it might be minutes, an hour, a few days, several weeks, many months, and more years than you can remember, it's amazing how the right person shows up at the right time. Be it a helper, a questioner, a supporter, an encourager, an accidental teacher, a believer, and more, they open our eyes and influence our actions and reactions.
Creating a Portal to the Past - Databasing the OG Collection
Archivists work to make unpublished materials accessible. Through the archival process records become available for research, handwritten notes can be used as tools for learning, and concept sketches lead to artistic inspiration. Large organizations are able to pair these never-before-seen materials with their library catalog, using finding aids with search terms that allow users to discover collections alongside relevant titles, searching by keywords, year, and author.
Women in the Media, Then and Now
No matter the cutting-edge journalism and pop cultural coverage, Penthouse will always be best known for pictorials of nude women. Likewise, Guccione first and foremost was a purveyor of such images, and it is important to remember in his crusade against censorship he was ultimately fighting to keep up his own magazine sales.
Is It About Health or Beauty?
Coming around my side of the desk, he reached and took my hand in his. Glancing down, I saw the telltale stocking feet. Pulling free, I turned for the door, but even more quickly he reached back over the edge of his desk and flicked a switch I had learned from Colby was a remote door-locking device. I was trapped. Like the cartoon of wolf and piglet, once again we circled and reversed directions around his furniture. Blessed with the agility of a young dancer and confronted by an amorous but overweight producer, I had little difficulty avoiding passionate clumsiness. -Shirley Temple (Source: https://www.ranker.com/list/tragic-shirley-temple-stories/rob-chirico
Mosquitos Don't Care, Why Do You?
The perfect imperfections that make you...you(thank you John Legend) The birth defects you had when the light of the world first hit your eyes
The Lifechanging Art of Tidying....Me
Because nine Facebook pages, a weekly blog, and writing for both Vocal and Medium aren’t enough non-work-related typing for me, I also write book reviews.
Lucky Number 13
It’s all Gerard’s fault. He planted the seed: About a year ago, he sent us a picture of himself after having completed the 1998 Dublin Marathon. I sent a text message to Victoria saying that “we should keep this event in mind for some day”. Almost immediately, she replied with “How about next year?”
Madonna and Penthouse
Over the weekend Madonna shared an Instagram story reflecting on the 30 year anniversary of the controversial photography book S.E.X. published in 1992, which arguably was the apex of her status as cultural agitator. Madonna wrote:
11 Signs to Know if a Guy Is Thinking About You
If there's a special boy in your life, chances are you think about him all the time. So it's only natural to wonder if he's thinking about you too. Luckily, you don't have to be stuck in doubt! There are many ways to tell if a guy is thinking about you, as there are signs and clues that don't deceive.
The Truth About Agent 355, the Woman Who Became America's Spy
In July 1776, The American Declaration of Independence was signed. This sparked the American revolution as the British fought for control of America.
My First Diva Cup Just Brought Me Closer to My Period
As a genderfluid individual, who often ignores their female body, I never thought I’d form a relationship with my period. But there I was, at 26 years old, reaching my fingers deep inside to pull out the bloody diva cup- and surprisingly, I felt relief.